The CSUN Matadors (1-6), who are currently on a six-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they visit Holt Arena to go head-to-head against the Idaho State Bengals (1-5). The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 145 points with Idaho State set as a 1.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
CSUN Matadors vs. Idaho State Bengals Odds Preview
The Matadors were blown out by the Montana Grizzlies in their last matchup, 86-68. Tavrion Dawson put together a good game for CSUN, leading the team in scoring with 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting. Montana’s rebounding was their largest strength. The Grizzlies had 13 offensive rebounds and 36 total rebounds, while the Matadors had eight and 27, respectively.
The last time the Bengals played, they thoroughly outplayed the Bethesda Flames, 92-71. Novak Topalovic played a key role for Idaho State with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Idaho State played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.389 (above their season average of 0.221) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 45.2 (above their season average of 21.4). For those same stats, Bethesda recorded marks of 0.215 and 26.8, respectively.
The aggressive CSUN offense might be living from the foul line in this matchup. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Matadors rank 17th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.308, while Idaho State ranks 153rd in FTA rate allowed (0.236).
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. CSUN games have finished over 66.7 percent of the time, while 66.7 percent of games involving Idaho State have gone under. The Bengals have the better straight up (SU) record (1-5 vs. 1-6), but the Matadors hold the sizable advantage against the spread (ATS) (2-4 vs. 0-2-1).
The Matadors won the sole contest against the Bengals last season, 79-76. The Matadors offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Bengals. CSUN had a rate of 32.1, while Idaho State posted a mark of 26.7.
CSUN Matadors at Idaho State Bengals Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Idaho State, ATS Winner – Idaho State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Matadors rank 131st in steals per game (6.5) while the Bengals rank 193rd in steals allowed per game (6.6).
- CSUN ranks 193rd in blocks per game (2.9) while Idaho State ranks 247th (2.3).
- CSUN ranks 28th in three pointers allowed per game (18.4) while Idaho State ranks 258th (23.4).
- The Matadors rank 194th in assists per game (13.1) while the Bengals rank 302nd (10.5).
- CSUN ranks 216th in rebounds per game (34.8) while Idaho State ranks 306th (30.1).